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Lawrence Schenbeck
PS Audio, May 2014

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 6 (Chailly) (NTSC) ACC-20268
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 6 (Chailly) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10268

The Gewandhausorchester Leipzig proves more than equal to its task, plunging headlong into an unflinching encounter with the music’s epic narrative. Thanks to Chailly’s two-fold understanding of the score—in its executive dimensions, but also in a deeper autobiographical aspect for Mahler—we experience this Sixth as both musical triumph and tragic prophecy…this conductor and this orchestra have wrestled a superb account from the mere notes in the score. It’s a textbook demonstration of the cathartic power of music.

Producer Paul Smaczny and his crew have accomplished a nearly impossible task: a succession of close-ups, long shots, conductor gestures, etc, that seldom distract from the music, more often calling our attention to significant details of scoring and form. The sight of the players’ passionate involvement adds enormously to the experience. The sound…is (as ever with this series) first-rate. © 2014 PS Audio Read complete review

Robert Cummings
Classical Net, February 2014

The orchestra performs with precision and great sensitivity…throughout the symphony.

Overall, this is one of the finest accounts of the Sixth that I know of…the camera work, picture clarity and sound reproduction on this Accentus Music Blu-ray disc are first rate. Highly recommended. © 2014 Classical Net Read complete review

Bruce Surtees
The WholeNote, January 2014

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 4 (Chailly) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10257
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 6 (Chailly) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) ACC-10268

The new Mahler cycle by Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhaus Orchestra continues. Both these Concertgebouw performances are cast in the traditional mould.

This new Fourth Symphony disc contains, in addition to the revelatory, searching performance, two bonus features. Mahler is heard playing from the fourth movement on the 1905 Welte-Mignon piano rolls, and Chailly expounds on his new interpretation of the symphony with illustrations from the rehearsals and performance.

The Sixth is immediately arresting. The total performance is a new experience…

…these nonpareil performances realize Mahler’s genius as an orchestrator and music visionary. As before, no one on the stage is on automatic pilot…they are all in the moment. My attention was rapt through gossamer pianissimos to translucent, shattering tuttis. I’m sold. © 2014 The WholeNote Read complete review

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